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This adaptation of Nathanael West's novel Miss Lonelyhearts proves an ideal vehicle for a vintage Clift display of raw-nerved sensitivity. Scarred by the childhood catastrophe of his mother's murder and his father's imprisonment, his job as a newspaper agony aunt piles on a daily dose of human misery; and he has also to endure the goadings of Ryan, his Sun-hearted editor, 'Slop for the slobs!' The confrontations between compassionate Clift and embittered Ryan are the heart of the film, leavened by a little drama when Clift gets too close to one of his correspondents. It's gripping if a little repetitive; Clift is fascinating to watch as usual, though physically he would have suited the part better ten years earlier. Donehue was a TV director, and the production has the cramped look (that newsroom set!) of a live episode of Playhouse 90.

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Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vincent J Donehue
Screenwriter: Dore Schary
Cast: Montgomery Clift
Robert Ryan
Myrna Loy
Maureen Stapleton
Dolores Hart
Jackie Coogan
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